Rare migratory birds spotted on PU campus

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 04, 2014 20:23 IST

Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) and Brown Hawk Owl (Ninox scutulata), two rare migratory birds species, have been spotted by the bird enthusiasts on Panjab University campus.

The group was formed in order to research on the biodiversity of the university with nearly 300 members on its facebook page. Various members have uploaded over 600 biodiversity pics on the page so far.

The group was initiated by Arun Bansal and Navtej Singh to rediscover the biodiversity of PU. Oriental Pied Hornbill and Brown Hawk Owl were never seen before in the university or rarely ever seen in the region infact, the official spokesman of the PU claimed. The online research on the brown hawk owl has shown no distribution marked in the region. Researchers were working on the aspects of need of migration of such species to the region with respect to change in climate including temperature and rainfall etc.

Spread over 550 acres, Panjab University (PU) campus is the greenest part of city when in proportion of total area given to an institution. PU also stated that Navtej Singh was studying PU's biodiversity in a yearlong project and has shot over 90 species of birds so far.

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